11 Mar Let us make our continent work – IDC chairperson, Busi Mabuza
We are in a wonderful continent, and should make sure it works, these were the words of IDC board chairperson Ms. Busi Mabuza, speaking during the CEO panel at the Forbes Africa Leading Women Summit held in Durban on Friday. The CEO panel focused on ‘The Future Economy’ and discussed ways to create a global shared value in the Fourth Industrial Revolution; addressing inequalities and inclusion; and identifying new wealth creators of the future.
The summit celebrated International Women’s Day by bringing together a community of inspiring and innovative women visionaries whose ambitious actions are changing the world with unprecedented scale. Across industries and generations, the gathering highlighted how leading women are navigating monumental change to re-architect industries, spark major movements and unlock opportunities for others. A host of women entrepreneurs shared their inspirational stories from their experiences in different industries across the continent.
In her keynote address to officially open the discussions at the summit, Minister in the Presidency, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, said women need to bring other women along when they go upward, “The number of women entrepreneurs have to grow! We have to have many of them to a point where we can no longer count how many they are” she said. “We must reflect on how women can be empowered” Dlamini-Zuma added. A diverse range of female luminaries from the worlds of business, media, entertainment and politics – including international model, Naomi Campbell – shared lots of inspirational messages, ideas and solutions throughout the day, “I’m not afraid to approach anyone on these subjects in trying to open their minds to see that they need to recognize that this continent is one of the leading continents in the world”, Campbell said.
Other panel discussions at the summit included topics such as South Africa’s Young Intellectuals; The Do-Gooders: Going Above & Beyond; The Blue Economy: New Wealth From Africa’s Oceans; The Future Economy: How CEOs Can Lead Value Creation. Other prominent speakers at the summit included Executive Mayor of Ethekwini Municipality, cllr Zandile Gumede; MEC for Economic Development in KZN, Mr Sihle Zikalala; CEO of African Bank, Basani Maluleke; and Botswana Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, Bogolo Joy Kenewendo.